Mild Scoliosis Treatment
Mild Scoliosis - Bad Option Number 1
Bad Option #1 – “Observe” The Scoliosis And Do Nothing
It is common practice for doctors to recommend “observing” mild scoliosis curves, sometimes called “watch and wait”, which means once the scoliosis is discovered, it is re-x-rayed until it passes a 30 degree curve at which point it then becomes a candidate for either bracing (does not work) or surgery (also in long run very detrimental).
“Watch and Wait” is not a scoliosis treatment, it is just doing nothing and hoping the scoliosis won’t get worse (it will).
Many times I’ve had patients come into my practice and say “it was just a mild scoliosis curve until all of a sudden it just took off and progressed over 35 degrees and now my doctor is recommending scoliosis spinal fusion surgery”.
Below is the progression of untreated scoliosis from mild 6 degree curve to severe 43 degree curve in just 4 years.
Though it is rare for scoliosis to present with pain in adolescence, pain is a common symptom of adult scoliosis. The patients in my office receiving adult scoliosis treatment all say the same thing, they were told they had scoliosis as children and teens and advised to “watch & wait”. Then around middle age, sometimes sooner, they begin to experience back pain, hip pain, or other symptoms only to discover that scoliosis is the underlying culprit.
The longer you wait, the worse the curve gets. Once skeletal maturity is reached, a patient with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is now said to have Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. There would typically be a slow increase (about 0.5-2 degrees per year) in the curvature that began during teenage years in an otherwise healthy individual which is progressive during adult life. Where does that put you 10 years from now? 30 years from now?
Never accept a recommendation of doing nothing when the condition could result in you or your child “needing” a highly invasive scoliosis spinal fusion surgery.
You need to do something now to stop scoliosis progression.
All severe scoliosis curves have one thing in common: they started out as mild curves and progressively got worse.
Jo-Ann didn’t wait around for her daughter’s scoliosis to get any worse, and proactively came to Hudson Valley Scoliosis for treatment.
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The doctor said it’s not bad, don’t worry about the scoliosis and make an appointment to follow up in 6-8 months.
We went back and they checked it and my daughters curve had progressed from 13 degrees to 19 degrees. I was really shocked to see in that short amount of time that someone’s back could get that bad. And it was really upsetting as a parent.
I just didn’t feel right about waiting around and not taking any course of action.
So my husband and I went home and searched online and stumbled onto Hudson Valley Scoliosis.
It’s the best thing that ever happened to our family, its been fantastic coming here.
The results we are getting are remarkable and we couldn’t be happier, honestly.
Her child’s spine was stabilized and the curves were reduced 30% through pubertal growth. Her child is able to maintain her spine with a home exercise program.
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Mild Scoliosis - Bad Option Number 2
Bad Option #2 – Outdated Scoliosis Braces That Are Ineffective
For over 500 years the scoliosis back brace has been around yet until very recently there has been no definitive evidence of its effectiveness. The goal of scoliosis bracing was always stabilization, not correction – and all too often, a scoliosis brace even fails at that. Scoliosis braces like the Boston Brace, Milwaukee Brace, Providence Brace, Charleston Brace, or the many TLSO braces that are available at hospitals around the world are ill fitting and seek to lock the scoliosis into its distortion. This is similar to what a cast does to a broken arm, lock it in place. This does not work with scoliosis and is seen by many as just a “waiting room for surgery”.
Most scoliosis braces are not designed to correct curves, a scoliosis brace will attempt to hold the spine in place so the curve doesn’t get any worse. To this end many types of scoliosis back brace need to be worn for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years on end.
The goal of scoliosis bracing is to reduce forces acting upon the spine to discourage the vertebrae from twisting further. It attempts to do this by reducing the forces of gravity acting upon those vertebrae. However, the main source of pressure and force acting upon the bones of the spine is not gravity, but the intrinsic core musculature of the spinal column. A scoliosis brace immobilizes the muscles and the discs, this weakens the supporting muscles, and can actually result in a further progression of the scoliosis condition.
A new type of brace has been recently released that I do use in exceptional cases. I use the brace in approximately 15-20% of cases that I treat.
A peer reviewed study published in 2007, (evaluating the older styles of braces like the Boston and Milwaukee bracing systems) in the SPINE journal, compared 15 separate scoliosis brace studies with 3 observation-only studies and stated:
“Observation-only or scoliosis brace treatment showed no clear advantage of either approach.
Furthermore one can not recommend one approach over another to prevent scoliosis surgery.”
They gave the recommendation for scoliosis brace treatment a grade “D” relative to observation only
because of “troubling inconsistent or inconclusive studies on any level.”
The controversy over the effectiveness of bracing is somewhat misleading. Most information you read online will be referring to the older brace systems and NOT the modern brace designs. You will never find any doctor in the world claiming that these older bracing systems will reduce or correct scoliosis; rather, the debate is over whether or not wearing that type of brace will prevent the scoliosis from getting worse. When doctors state that bracing “works,” what they’re really saying is that it stabilizes the scoliosis, keeping it at its current position. Most doctors will insist that bracing does “work” — with proper compliance. Recommended compliance is to wear the scoliosis back brace twenty-three hours per day, every day, for many years. If this seems a little extreme to you, you’re not alone.
In a study published in the American Journal of Orthopedics, 60% of the patients surveyed felt that bracing had handicapped their life, and 14% felt it had left a psychological scar. The Children’s Research Center in Dublin, Ireland, has not recommended bracing as a scoliosis treatment since 1991, stating,
“If bracing does not reduce the proportion of children with AIS [adolescent idiopathic scoliosis] who require surgery for cosmetic improvement of their deformity, it cannot be said to provide a meaningful advantage to the patient or the community.”
Yes, there is a time when bracing is necessary, but this is rare when using the effective methods of exercise-based treatment programs.
This young girl gave up scoliosis bracing when she found the CLEAR Intensive Scoliosis treatment and never looked back.
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I was wearing the scoliosis brace for a year and a half from 6th grade to 7th grade. It was rough… I didn’t like wearing the brace to school. I hated the way I was different. I couldn’t bend down to pick up a pencil without the lines of the brace showing through my shirt and people asking “what’s that?” I couldn’t play sports with the brace.
My dad was searching online and found out about Hudson Valley Scoliosis and there were positive reviews. We were like ok this could work and we really had no other option.
I was recommended to have surgery but we DID NOT want surgery at all. That was not even an option for us.
You come here (to Hudson Valley Scoliosis) and you just do your exercises everyday and you’ll be fine. It’s really convenient and way better than braces or surgery.
My upper curve got reduced significantly and so did my lower curve. I was able to experience more agility with my sports so its been a big help. I feel freer.
Definitely I would say try this over anything else because you’ll definitely see more positive results. This really had positive results for me.
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Mild Scoliosis - Bad Option Number 3
Bad Option #3 – Highly Invasive Scoliosis Surgery With Potentially Dangerous Complications
The most common scoliosis surgery is highly invasive and requires doctors to make a large incision down the back and spread open the ribs. One or more steel rods are inserted, along with pins and pieces of bone to secure the remaining bones and fuse the spine into place in an attempt to prevent it from curving further. It is then followed by a long, painful recovery period that leaves patients with very large scars. A 2002 German study on the long-term quality of life for idiopathic scoliosis patients who had received Harrington instrumentation reported “40% of operated treated patients with idiopathic scoliosis were legally defined as severely handicapped persons”.
And what’s even worse? The scoliosis surgery often leads to complications, and the metal rods themselves can break.
These x-rays show Harrington rods that bent and broke while still inside the patient’s body. Many surgeons will refuse to operate on this condition, leaving the patient with few options to alleviate their pain & suffering.
There are many horror stories of complications following Scoliosis surgery. Here are just a few but you can find many more searching online:
“My dad has had metal rods in his back since 1995. They are horrible. He is in so much more pain than before and now every doctor says there is nothing they can do for him b/c the rods can never come out. I am trying to get him into the mayo clinic but so far haven’t had any luck. He lives in constant pain.” – Orthopedics Forum – Broken Harrington Rod
“I had/have been having a lot of back pain. Last summer I went back to the dr. that did the surgery. That is when I found out that my rod is broken. I don’t know when it happened. I just know I have constant pain in my shoulder blade on up. So, unfortunately, yes the rod can break. But, I do not know the solution.” – National Scoliosis Fondation Forums
“My daughter had her titanium Harrington rods removed on May 24th. She was two years post injury, and had constant, deep pain in her lower back. She was also constantly nauseated, making it difficult to eat.” – CareCure Forums – Removal of Harrington Rods
“I was told the best they could do as a last resort would be to to cut off pieces at each end of the break. To keep the broken halves from banging into each other.The rods were grafted/fused to my back using pieces of my hip.I was told to remove them would be extremely difficult and there was a good chance I’d be worse off afterward.” – Spina Bifida Connection Support Forum-Broken Harrington Rod Pics
WARNING! This page contains graphic images and video of surgery!
Scoliosis surgery is one of the longest and most complicated orthopedic surgical procedures performed on children. It is also performed on adults, though not as frequently. When bracing is deemed ineffective or the scoliosis continues to progress after the patient’s growth is complete or after puberty has started, surgery is typically prescribed to stop the curve’s progression (see corresponding article on scoliosis bracing). Surgery may even be prescribed sooner if the curve progression rate is rapid during a short period of time. Surgery is typically recommended for adolescents and adults whose growth is complete and whose curve is at least 40 to 50 degrees. Scoliosis surgery is sometimes even suggested for an adult with a curve of less than 40 degrees if the scoliosis brace has failed and they are in a lot of pain. Below is a video corrective surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
For video of scoliosis surgery click the checkbox below. (WARNING VERY GRAPHIC)
A real scoliosis surgery in progress:
So if these scoliosis surgeries are dangerous, why do they keep getting prescribed by doctors, surgeons, and insurance companies?
The answer is simple: Follow the money.
First, many healthcare professionals are not aware of the scientific literature that details the negative side effects of the scoliosis surgery procedure. Also, very little follow-up with the patient is performed after the operation. Many surgeons believe that the surgeries they perform are beneficial to the patient because no one has returned to their office after the operation to inform them otherwise. Doctors are desperate to meet their patients’ demands for their “scoliosis treatment” but have no good options besides prescribing bracing (which, at best, only slows or stops progression, and at worst, actually worsens the scoliosis by weakening the postural muscles), or performing the surgery.
Obviously, if surgeons stop performing this surgery, they stand to lose a great deal of money. Alternative scoliosis treatment methods are simply not explored by the established medical community because of the possibility that they may prove to be more effective and less costly, thereby eliminating the need to treat scoliosis surgically, and also their source of income.
The insurance companies know that research states 40% of operated scoliosis patients are legally defined as permanently handicapped for the rest of their lives; in such an event, the insurance company’s financial responsibility for that patient is terminated, and federal Social Security & Disability programs are responsible for covering all medical expenses. There is nothing more important than your health and insurance should not be a criteria for getting care. You need to do what’s best for you and your family.
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The Best Solution
The Best Solution Is Conservative Exercise Based Home Scoliosis Treatment
Idiopathic scoliosis is the result of both genetic predisposition and specific environmental factors, which are probably the primary drivers of curve progression. The understanding and identification of the specific environmental factors that drive idiopathic scoliosis are still poorly understood.
Potential Risk Factors for Idiopathic Scoliosis:
- Neurotransmitter imbalance from nutritional deficiencies (e.g. selenium)
- Exposure to mycobacterium
- Minor leg length discrepancies
- Specific genetic defects
- Repeated “back bend” activities
- Increased levels of Osteopontin
- Spinal trauma
- Poor postural habits
- Activities that cause repeated compression on the spine
It is important to treat scoliosis curves BEFORE they progress rather than AFTER, because there are more non-invasive treatments that address scoliosis early on that do not employ the use of scoliosis braces. Instead they use scoliosis exercises consisting of spinal resistance training in conjunction with the principles of autonomic control of the spines alignment. Teenage scoliosis patients are treated with a customized neuromuscular reeducation program that includes treatment on various machines combined with scoliosis exercises. Early intervention is essential to establish smaller and more stable curves.
Though most theory on the cause of idiopathic scoliosis posits a central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) dysfunction as the root cause, scoliosis brace treatment and scoliosis surgery focus solely on the scoliosis curve symptoms, not the cause.
The researchers and clinicians at the CLEAR Institute saw a fundamental disconnect between theory and clinical treatment and sought out to develop a scoliosis treatment program that focused on “retraining” the scoliosis brain to “learn” how to hold the spine straighter automatically, referred to as “three dimensional auto-correction”.
My protocols operate under the premise that scoliosis is a complex condition and that there is no one adjustment or therapy which will work in every case. Therefore, the scoliosis treatment must be customized to the specific needs of each individual patient. However, there are key aspects of these protocols which are essential to achieve consistent, measurable progress.
The beginning of the protocols involves gathering information about the biomechanical function of the entire spine – not just the area(s) affected by scoliosis. It is an axiom that you can control the middle of a cord by moving the top and the bottom. By the same logic, it is important to understand what is occurring in the neck and hips in order to affect the middle of the spine.
To obtain this information, seven small, precise x-rays are necessary, totalling 292 mR of radiation (by comparison, according to the American Nuclear Society, the amount of naturally-occurring, environmental radiation we are exposed to every year is 360 mR, and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements states that the risk of abnormality to an unborn fetus is considered negligible at 5,000 mR or less).
These initial x-rays are used as a starting point to measure your progress. The patient’s progress is monitored and determined throughout the treatment process, through interval x-ray examinations, generally every 3 to 6 months, depending on the severity
The treatment follows a three step process:
1. Mix (warmup the spine)
2. Fix (adjust the spine)
3. Set (lock spinal corrections)
Step 1: MIX (warm-up or “prehab”)
Before receiving chiropractic adjustments, the patient warms up their spine using equipment such as the Wobble Chair (which sits upon a ball-and-socket joint and flexes in every direction to put the spine through a full range of motion), the Cervical Traction (which is used actively by the patient to achieve gentle, repetitive spinal traction), and the Vibrating Traction (which uses a slow, relaxing vibration scientifically proven to relax the ligaments and soft tissues of the spine). A special motorized table with belts that pull (not push!) the scoliotic curves out of the spine, called the Eckard Flexion/Distraction table, achieves the goal of re-structuring and re-modeling the ligaments after they have been relaxed. If the MIX protocols are not followed, the inter-vertebral discs will be rigid and inflexible, and it will be difficult if not impossible to effect structural changes to the spine (think cold versus warmed up Silly Putty).
Step 2: FIX (specific instrument-assisted adjusting)
Mechanical adjusting instruments and specialized drop pieces enhance the precision and effectiveness of chiropractic care, while also reducing the amount of force required to correct the spine. Almost all adjusting of the neck are performed with the use of such instruments, and the application of these adjustments are correlated with the information obtained from the patient’s x-rays. Your health is too important to guess about, so all corrections are confirmed. Follow up examination, photographic analysis of posture, and where necessary use of low dose X-ray are used to confirm the correction of these areas.
Step 3: SET (rehab stage)
Immediately after the adjustment is completed, the spine is “set” in its corrected position to ensure the permanency of the changes. This involves spinal weighting protocols (typically on the head, torso & hips), whole-body vibration therapy, also known as Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR), such as the Vibe and the Scoliosis Traction Chair, and gait therapy which re-trains patterns of moving and walking. In addition, a custom designed, patient specific scoliosis exercise and stretching program is conducted at home twice daily. If the SET or NMR protocols are not followed, any corrections achieved in the spine will be temporary.
After 12 visits, a CLEAR-certified doctor takes a single post x-ray to validate the effectiveness of the treatment protocol. The specific x-ray which is necessary is limited as much as possible to the patient’s specific condition. For example, if the initial x-ray showed that the patient’s low back was in fairly good shape prior to treatment, a sideways view of the low back is not necessary. It’s important to keep in mind that not all patients will show a reduction in the severity of the scoliotic curve, as measured by Cobb angle, within this time frame. This is because Cobb angle is a measurement of only one dimension of the spine, and scoliosis is a three-dimensional condition. Before the sideways curve can be reduced or corrected, the spine must be de-rotated and decompressed in the other two dimensions. Treating a complex spinal disorder such as scoliosis is a little like reversing the path of a runaway train. It takes time to first slow down the momentum, then more time is needed to change the course of the condition.
Home Spinal Rehab Program
All our staff emphasize to the patient the importance of their active participation in the treatment program. Results are not guaranteed – they are earned, by patients who are willing to work alongside of the doctor and his staff of supervised therapists. The traditional methods of scoliosis treatment, bracing and surgery, are considered “passive” therapies, in that the patient has the procedures done to them; the doctor designs the brace, the doctor performs the surgery. Our method, by comparison, should be considered an “active” process – the doctor teaches the patient how to do the procedures, and the patient does them. A small part of the protocols could be considered passive, but the effectiveness of these treatments on their own is limited without the involvement of the patient. The degree of patient participation affects the amount of improvement
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Real Expertise in Compassionate Treatment
Dr. Strauss has worked closely with the CLEAR Institute for more than 10 years and has received their highest level of certification, providing to his patients the most effective, natural, and non-invasive corrective scoliosis treatment available. He is constantly seeking out the best methods of evaluation and treatment from around the world and bringing them together to provide a truly updated, comprehensive, maximally effective program of care.
Lifelong Solutions for Our Valued Patients
Patients of The Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center are active participants in their own scoliosis treatment. With Dr. Strauss alongside them, patients receive the corrective treatments necessary to straighten the painful curvatures in their spines, while learning the steps they can take to retain the benefits of the treatments for the rest of their lives.
NMR is a set of procedures that awakens the neurological control of the brain to improve posture and straighten the spine. Body weights designed expressly for each patient are usually worn during these procedures. The posture balance mechanics and reoriented to gravity by gait and balance training. Whole body vibration therapy is used.
Scoliosis Traction Chair
This chair is designed to further open up the scoliotic curves and de-rotate the spine. The Scoliosis Traction Chair (STC) uses high-level vibration, which causes the muscles of the spine to contract at a higher frequency than normal, accelerating healing. The scoliosis traction chair allows the patient to work their core muscles in a scoliosis free posture. All patients using the STC are evaluated to confirm correct positioning and efficacy of the therapy.
This is self-administered traction that pumps the body’s own fluid and nutrients into the discs of the neck.
Spinal Decompressive Traction
This equipment will stretch the tissue longitudinally.
This device is designed to further relax the spinal ligaments, tendons, and discs. The slow vibration of this machine targets these tissues.
This table flexes up and down, loosening the tightened muscles and ligaments that are present in a scoliotic spine. Patients are positioned to open up the scoliotic curve.
The Wobble Chair
The way the body’s own nutrient fluids get into the discs to keep them healthy is through motion. The specific movement of the wobble chair pumps nutrients into the discs and increases spinal flexibility.
- Damon found no scoliosis relief with various other chiropractic treatments and acupuncture.
- He began CLEAR scoliosis treatment and his thoracic scoliosis has been reduced from 27 to 14 degrees.
Everyone else noticed I had really bad posture…
I was diagnosed in like 10th grade. Then I had x-rays done and specialists looked at it but they didn’t do anything because the scoliosis wasn’t bad enough.
I went to another general chiropractor and also acupuncturist but all it did was mitigate the general pain and discomfort but didn’t visibly change anything.
My scoliosis was at 27 degrees. From the last eval it was down to 14 degrees. I’m very happy with Hudson Valley Scoliosis, I like seeing improvement.
The main medical options are wait or surgery… this is a much better step to look into between those.
Now It’s Your Turn To Reduce Scoliosis
You’ve already seen the testimonials of many Scoliosis sufferers who had significant improvements in their condition after Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center treatment.
What do you have to lose besides your Scoliosis curves?
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You’re Now Standing At A Crossroads – Which Side Will You Choose?
It’s decision-making time.
Right now, you have 3 options.
First option is simply doing “nothing”. This takes you down a torturous road of pain, frustration and embarrassment as you try and “deal” with your Scoliosis instead of fighting it and getting your life back.
Your second option is taking the advice of your doctor. They’ll either ask you to wear outdated and ineffective braces 23 hours a day… prepare for dangerous spinal fusion surgery with risks for complications later in life… or ask you to give up your hard-earned money for regular treatments which only give you (at best) temporary relief.
The third option is calling me today for a no-obligation, free and confidential consultation about your Scoliosis condition. Or you can use the chat box on the side of the page to speak with my assistant immediately who will answer any of your questions.
With the Hudson Valley Scoliosis Treatment System you can finally fight your Scoliosis and take back control of your life.
Which one would YOU rather choose?
I trust you’ll make the right decision in choosing to give our Scoliosis Treatment a try.
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Remember, CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment has been proven to work and we’ve developed the best offer available.
To yours in health,
Dr. Andrew Strauss, Founder of Hudson Valley Scoliosis
P.S. Remember that all severe scoliosis curves have one thing in common: they started out as mild curves and progressively got worse. Do something about your Scoliosis NOW and re-claim control over your life. I have treated Scoliosis curves ranging from mild to severe and patients from age 7 to age 81, but the sooner you start intensive Scoliosis treatment, the better the results will be.
So make that leap of faith today.
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Dr. Andrew Strauss BS, MS, DC
1. Do I have to live near your office to receive treatment?
No, we have many international patients who fly in to receive the intensive treatment. Please chat with us or call about how to get here and where to stay.
2. Do I qualify for this type of treatment?
- Patients with a curvature(s) LESS than 25 degrees require 1 week of intensive treatment.
- Patients with a curvature(s) MORE than 25 degrees require 2 weeks of intensive treatment.
Curves measuring less than 25 degrees will receive the entire treatment program. These smaller curves have their treatment plan focused on the neuromuscular rehabilitation component of the program. The goal will be to stabilize the spine at a curve less than 10 degrees. Our highest priority will be to reduce and stabilize the curve before it reaches 30 degrees. Typically if a curve surpasses 20 degrees the chance of progression is 70%.
We suggest that (if possible) you forward a copy of your recent X-rays to Dr. Strauss for review. He can then discuss the specifics of your case and what he would recommend for you.
3. Does your office treat all ages?
Yes, while scoliosis typically presents in adolescence, our patients range from young children, teens, adults and even seniors. Our youngest patient right now is 7 and the oldest is 81.
The best time to correct a scoliosis is when it is small and the patient is young. Remember all LARGE scoliosis curves have one thing in common, they started as small curves.
That being said…It is never too late to treat scoliosis. Though correction is best achieved when patients are younger and curves are smaller, older patients benefit from pain relief and stabilization that treatment provides. We know that in adult scoliosis the curve will slowly progress, the typical is 1.3 degrees per year. Very slow, but over many years, a very significant increase in curve size can occur. We are very successful in stopping this progression in adult scoliosis patients.
4. Can I speak with the doctor?
Yes! Dr. Strauss placing great importance on answering your questions directly. He will attempt to phone you at his earliest opportunity.
Use the contact box at the side and please leave your name, phone number and a good time to reach your and we will schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Strauss to discuss your scoliosis and treatment options in greater detail. There is no fee for this consultation and we encourage you to take advantage of Dr Strauss’s expertise. He will assist you in determining what is the correct treatment decision for your situation.
If you are contacting us from overseas and have Skype, please leave your skype name. We will send you a contact request. We also do have a overseas calling plan and can contact you by phone if your prefer.
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